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Check the boxes: Building a dose management program
August 22, 2013 -- There is an increasing amount of discussion, legislation, and litigation surrounding radiation safety. If you think you have a robust dose management program, think again, says Neomi Mullens from Ascendian Healthcare Consulting. In this article, she checks off seven items all organizations should consider.  Discuss
Better together: Auto kV with iterative recon improves CCTA
August 22, 2013 -- Combining automatic tube potential selection and tube current modulation with iterative reconstruction delivered consistently high-quality coronary CT angiography (CCTA) images with doses that were lower by one-third, according to a new study from Korean researchers in Radiology.  Discuss
Global x-ray equipment market reaches 7.5B euros
August 22, 2013 -- Driven by continued digitization of x-ray systems and increasing healthcare investments in emerging regions, the global market for x-ray equipment reached 7.5 billion euros ($10 billion) in revenue in 2012 and is expected to increase by 18% to reach 9 billion euros ($12 billion) in 2017, according to market research firm IMS Research.  Discuss
fMRI of brain at rest reveals early signs of Alzheimer's
August 21, 2013 -- Functional MRI (fMRI) scans of the brain at rest show disruptions in neural networks in patients with early Alzheimer's disease at about the same time as chemical markers of the disease begin to appear in cerebrospinal fluid, according to a study published online August 19 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
MR analysis offers speedy brain tumor therapy response
August 21, 2013 -- An advanced MR analysis method can reveal new information on blood vessel type function, enabling physicians to determine within days whether brain tumor patients are responding to antiangiogenesis therapy, according to a report published online August 18 in Nature Medicine.  Discuss
Ultrasound-detected BI-RADS 3 lesions rarely malignant
August 20, 2013 -- Breast lesions categorized as "probably benign" on supplemental screening ultrasound are rarely malignant and could be re-evaluated at 12 months rather than six -- reducing patient anxiety, follow-up exams, and unnecessary biopsies, according to a study published online in Radiology.  Discuss
Women, minorities still sparse in radiology
August 20, 2013 -- The percentage of women and minorities among radiologists and radiology residents has barely budged in the past eight years, making it unlikely that tomorrow's crop of medical imaging specialists will be more diverse, according to a new study in Radiology.  Discuss
Appropriateness training may not lead to proper CTPA use
August 19, 2013 -- Providing appropriateness training to emergency department doctors for ordering CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA) exams doesn't necessarily reduce inappropriate use of the test, according to a new study published in the September issue of Academic Radiology. It can even have unintended consequences.  Discuss
Regadenoson with Rb-82 PET MPI helps detect obstructive CAD
August 16, 2013 -- The pharmacological stress agent regadenoson with rubidium-82 (Rb-82) PET myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) has high sensitivity and diagnostic accuracy for detecting obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published online in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Health services research fulfills ACGME requirements
August 16, 2013 -- Radiology residents looking for unique and accessible research opportunities might want to consider health services research, according to a new article in the September issue of Academic Radiology.  Discuss
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